I also take BP meds.I have not taken it yet. My concern is that it says to take 2 tabs before bedtime as needed so this makes me think it is primarily for sleep. If i take it during the day when I am stressed, will I be able to function @ work, I have to be alert with what I do so I am not clear on this. I have to go back in 1 week to see if the BP meds are working so I guess the only way to know is take it and see since the post I've read all differ so much. Let me add that I normally have a strong tolerance to medication. Any advice would be appreciated.
It can make you pretty sleepy (atarax or hydroxyzine). I would take it at bedtime. Sleeping well will help with your stress levels. If you want to see how it will do, taking it in the daytime, do it on a day when you dont have to do anything or drive anywhere in case it does knock you out because it can cause quite a bit of sedation in some people.
"Atarax reduces activity in the central nervous system. It also acts as an antihistamine that reduces the natural chemical histamine in the body.
Atarax is used as a sedative to treat anxiety and tension. It is also used together with other medications given for anesthesia.
Hydroxyzine may also be used to control nausea and vomiting.
Atarax is also used to treat allergic skin reactions such as hives or contact dermatitis".
It is a medication that causes drowsiness, and considering you have high blood pressure you should take it only as your doctor has prescribed. 2 tablets before bed shouldn't cause a problem with drowsiness during the day.
For more information click on this link: https://www.drugs.com/atarax.html
I only use it as a sleep aid, per as needed. It makes me too sleepy to take it during the day. Some people are prescribed it several times during the day for anxiety. I find buspar more effective for anxiety, without having the drowsiness as a side effect. That is why atarax (hydroxyzine) is so effective to help me sleep on those anticipated "restless" nights. It works wonderfully well for that purpose. "G"
Ararax (Vistaril) is a really interesting old drug. It's the first generation of antihistamines.
It affects certain brain receptors which makes it a strong anti-oxylate meaning relaxation, a mild drug for OCD and anti-psychotic.
It's also shown to potentials the effects of opioids plus helps with the side effects of nausea and itching. 30 years ago it was used in Pre-op with Demerol. We would combine Demerol and Vistaril. Demerol was for pain and Vistaril to help with side effects.
It's been used to help in withdrawing from opioids.
With newer drugs now available for pain,OCD and anti-psychotics it is still frequently used but mostly for itching and anxiety. It's also good for minor sleep problems without the tolerance of Restoril or Ambien.
- Atarax Information for Consumers
- Atarax Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Atarax (detailed)
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